The Helly Hansen Icefall down jacket is one well-designed coat, but it might not be quite what it seems. Most people think of a down jacket as synonymous with a great deal of warmth, and that’s something the Icefall delivers … Continue reading
Icebreaker wasn’t exactly wool-gathering when some smart design person conceived the new Stratus long-sleeved hooded jacket.With a few tweaks, this coat could become an ideal equipment addition to any snowshoer’s or cold-weather hiker’s list of must-have items.
The jacket, which … Continue reading
Do you want some wine with that snowshoe? If that appeals to you, a local micro-winery in Southern Ontario is doing its thing to create a unique “apres-snowshoe” experience.
The Coffin Ridge Winery is located about two-and-a-half hours north of … Continue reading
It’s not often that a company downplays its products, but Refrigiwear is the exception to that rule. I’ve been testing out its horizontal puffer jacket and hooded base layer pullover, and they’ve been impressive so far.
The jacket is a … Continue reading
The new Outdoor Research Floodlight jacket just might be my current favorite piece of winter attire.
The down-filled jacket has a rating of 800+ fill power (goose down) is also fully waterproof. That makes it akin to one of the … Continue reading
Gear Review: Helly Hansen – Dry Charger Windblock 1/2 Zip Shirt, Charger Windblock Tights and a Challenger Jacket
That was the case when I had the chance to try out some Helly Hansen items over the last six … Continue reading
If you’re like me, someone who appreciates a fire but isn’t exactly a firebug when it comes to starting them, you’re likely to enjoy the Coghlan‘s Fire Disc.
It’s a cunning little bit of wizardry that combines sawdust and … Continue reading
It looks like Faber Snowshoes may have a hit on its hands with the new North Cliff snowshoe model.
“The North Cliff snowshoe was created with idea of offering an affordable and easy to use day hiking snowshoe for mountainous … Continue reading
Sometimes – perhaps oftentimes – nothing beats a KEEN.
That’s certainly the case with the new KEEN Summit County III boot. Last year, I gave the Summit County II boot a … Continue reading
When you’re in the sticks, it’s best to have a reliable pair with you.
I’ve been testing out a pair of MSR Deploy TR-2 Adjustable Winter Poles for a few months now, and I am convinced they’re among the best … Continue reading
After one winter here, I discovered I needed something distinctly different – and much, much … Continue reading
Winter weather is brutal on any smartphone, but it looks like SnowLizard might have the answer to your troubles: the SLXTREME 5 case for the iPhone 5.
I know I had enough trouble keeping my iPhone out of trouble when … Continue reading
Nonetheless, that’s what BearTek promises with its gloves and it makes a good case, especially if you like to have your tunes running … Continue reading
It’s a “simple yet powerful app that tells you how much it’s going to snow in … Continue reading
If your feet are the gateway to an enjoyable outdoor adventure, these socks could be your Ausangate-way to comfort. And its Ausangate’s line of boot socks that provide all the comfort and protection from the cold that any snowshoer is … Continue reading
My wife has grumbled for the last 10 years about my sunglasses … Continue reading
When I was offered a pair of Gordini’s Swagger gloves with their Windstopper technology a few months ago, I … Continue reading
Say what you want about winter footwear, convenience and comfort is where it’s at.
I’ve been trying out a pair of Kamik Champlain boots for about three months now, and I have no reluctance to say almost anyone who spends … Continue reading
I’ve been testing out some Climatec MacWet gloves from the United Kingdom for several months now, and for the most part, I am impressed.
The company is well-known … Continue reading
I’ve had the chance to try out some “Goose” stuff this fall, including a Lodge Vest and a Hybridge Hoody… and all I can say … Continue reading
If you’re addicted to your smart phone to the point where it needs to be surgically removed, even while snowshoeing in the back 40, you’re going to love the Kingston MobileLite Wireless.
The company may be most familiar as a … Continue reading
A lot of people and companies boast about packing meals into a bar. PROBAR might be the one that best delivers on that promise.
The company offers a variety of bars, likely enough to suit anyone’s palate.
“Looking for a … Continue reading
“I want one” is more than a motto for the new Pocketmonkey tool by Zootility tools. It’s a promise.
All you need to do is look at the website to figure out that no-brainer, much less actually trying one. Just … Continue reading
“Knitting socks … Continue reading
Hot on the heels of the barefoot and minimalist walking and running movement comes the KEEN CNX shoe line.
Let me admit, first, that I have a certain skepticism when it comes to this fad. I can’t help but … Continue reading
I’ve been using the pack all summer and fall both for general cargo and as a hydration … Continue reading
I’ve been experimenting with two different KEEN hiking boots over the summer here in Canada’s Northwest Territories with pleasant, albeit, different results.
First up is the KEEN Oregon PCT boots. These big bruisers … Continue reading
When Lightning hits the snow of the frozen North, something’s got to give.
I’ve had a chance to try out the MSR Lightning Ascent 30-inch snowshoes in the far northwest corner of Canada’s Northwest Territories this winter. It’s a case … Continue reading
I had a chance to use the ColdAvenger Balaclava combo extensively this winter while spending time in Canada’s Arctic Circle. Since … Continue reading
By sheer accident, KEEN and Kamik sent some of their boots to the right place for some serious cold-weather testing.
When KEEN sent me a pair of their Summit County II boots around the same time as Kamik sent a … Continue reading
Gear Review: Bottle Bright (Cleans Water Bottles, Travel Mugs and Other Hard-To-Clean Drinking Vessels)
Any list of the most irritating things in life has to include trying to wash out your favorite water bottle when it starts to get stinky – and they all do, sooner or later.
My favorite trick has been to … Continue reading
It’s time to shed a little light on the subject of illuminating your way in the great outdoors. Or in the case of the Solite 250, we can call that a lot of light.
The Solite series is made by … Continue reading
It’s no stretch to say the Hi-tech Wind River Jacket is a near-perfect combination of comfort, practicality and style.
The jacket is a winning combination of softshell and fleece. That makes it (1) warm (2) comfortable and (3) practical. That’s … Continue reading
In a world where everyone living in a cold-weather climate tends to lust after a Canada Goose parka as the epitome of winter comfort, it’s good to see there’s still room for other options and a little individuality.
That’s where … Continue reading
A good winter hat should be at least treasured, and these just might turn you into a Screamer.
Hats, I have to admit, are a source of eternal frustration to me in the winter. I like my ears covered, and … Continue reading
It’s luggage, it’s a backpack, and it does a better-than-fair job at both.
The Tubbs Snowshoes is showing its “Flex-ibility” off to good advantage with a new line of snowshoes.
The Flex line of molded plastic/polypropylene shoes caught my eye at the recent Nordic Fest at Southern Ontario’s Scenic Caves Nordic Centre recently. … Continue reading
The Icebreaker Quest Long-sleeve Neck-zip shirt has pulled the wool over my eyes and I like it.
Icebreaker, of course, is renowned for its innovative work with Merino wool apparel. I was a little apprehensive about trying its line-up of … Continue reading
The Canadian boot-building juggernaut has been in business for a century now, in one form or another. Best known for its line of rugged and durable … Continue reading
You know what the worst thing about writing product reviews is? Here’s a hint, it’s a spouse who grumbles “why can’t you get me something?”
That’s how I wound up arranging for a trial pair of KEEN’s new Whisper sandals … Continue reading
If I had to design a perfect multi-purpose water bottle, it might well come out looking something rather like the new Innate Athletic Viam Water Bottles.
I’ve been using one of the polypropolene (yes, the same stuff as thermal underwear … Continue reading
“If you’re going to stay here, you’d better start making some noise,” the guide said as the irate young male grizzly stalked toward us.
The bear, estimated at around 500-600 pounds, had just been slapped around by a smaller female … Continue reading
The Solite 150 multi-purpose light is an outdoor enthusiast’s multi-tasking dream.
The Solite is a headlamp, miner’s light, helmet-light and a bicycle headlight all rolled together in one tiny and extremely impressive package.
I’ve been testing the light now for … Continue reading
“After an overwhelming response from the inaugural Met Con Blue Mountain Adventure Race, we’re thrilled to announce that Met Con Blue will be returning to the hills on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012,” said Met Con Blue spokesperson Jen … Continue reading
I heard the couple from Alberta grumbling about the Green Garden Trail a minute or two before I saw them.
“This is kind of rough going, isn’t it,” the man was saying to his significant other.
The woman agreed, but … Continue reading
I have the seen the light when it comes to water purification. The light from a SteriPEN Adventurer Opti, that is.
The Adventurer Opti is a highly portable ultraviolet water purification system from the big brains at SteriPEN. I was … Continue reading
KEEN’s new Turia sandals are, simply, the best sandals I’ve ever worn.
The Turias are KEEN’s latest version of their multi-purpose, go-anywhere and do-anything footwear that’s made them iconic in the industry – and they live up to the tradition.… Continue reading
A new group in this small town in Southern Ontario will be hitting the ground running.
The Georgian Triangle Runners is looking to change the face of endurance sports in the south end of Georgian Bay one foot at a … Continue reading
This was a race that left many people singing the Blues.
The first Met Con Blue Adventure Race was held last weekend in Ontario’s Blue Mountains with more than 1,000 participants.
The event was billed as the “most insane five … Continue reading
With recreational kayaking booming in popularity, it’s no surprise the water of Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula is attracting paddlers from all over. There’s something about the deep, cold waters of Georgian Bay hemmed in by the eternally-brooding cliffs of the Niagara … Continue reading
In Ontario’s Beaver Valley, there’s more than one way to get the boot along the Bruce Trail.
Dozens of people gathered on May 27 Southern Ontario’s Kolapore Uplands in The Blue Mountains to celebrate the opening of a new footbridge … Continue reading
I swear I’m starting to turn into a KEENer.
The company has struck gold again with another winning entry into the ongoing “foot-stakes” war of attrition for that coveted outdoors crown, the Ambler light hiking shoe.
The Ambler is the … Continue reading
What’s being billed as the “most insane five kilometre mountain adventure race on the planet” is about to hit you out of the wild blue yonder.
The first Met Con Blue race will be held Saturday, June 2 in Ontario’s … Continue reading
This is a tale of two feet – KEEN style.
For quite a few years, I’ve been looking for the perfect – or at least tolerable – paddle boot.
Ontario’s Georgian Bay and its surrounding waterways are where I do … Continue reading
When the company offered me a chance to try out their new reusable toxin-free glass water bottles I jumped at the chance. While adequate hydration … Continue reading
Something’s afoot at Dahlgren’s, and the plot (and socks) are thickening.
The American-based company has become a master of wool-gathering, and your feet will thank you for it.
I’ve been testing out two pairs of the socks, a winter heavyweight … Continue reading
The company, which is located in Waterloo, Ontario, bills itself as a “budget-conscious” supplier of snowshoes and sundry other winter gear.
Even their introduction to “snow business” was quite atypical.
Bigfoot Snowshoes is … Continue reading
When it comes to staying comfortable out on the trail, my objective is likely a little different than many people’s. I need to play it cool, rather than keep it warm, and I had some success during a recent trial … Continue reading
Chalk another win up for Toronto’s Trevor Thom.
For the second time in two weeks, the veteran racer let his feet do the talking for him at a snowshoe race in Ontario’s Blue Mountains.
This time Thom took the top … Continue reading
Grey Matters, an Ontario charitable organization, is sponsoring a “Stop the Quarry” snowshoe fundraiser Mar. 11 just … Continue reading
The snow turned pink Saturday as an avalanche of snowshoers turned out the Tubbs Romp to Stomp event in Ontario.
Held at the Scenic Caves Nature Adventure resort, more than 400 garishly-garbed people toting snowshoes came out to play in … Continue reading
Sometimes a blast from the past contains the germ of a good idea. If so, the Marquette Backcountry Skis retro approach to a hybrid between skis and snowshoes is poised to take root.
The skis were developed to tackle the … Continue reading
On Feb. 4, there will be a new King of the Mountain, but hopefully he or she won’t be too abominable.
Scenic Caves Nature Adventures just outside of Collingwood, Ontario is hosting the Yeti, which is billed as “Canada’s first … Continue reading
Come January, hundreds of snowshoers will head into the wild Blue yonder.
The 6th annual Snowshoe Raid – a mix of galumphing and orienteering – is on tap for Jan. 22 in Southern Ontario’s Blue Mountains.
“I wanted to start … Continue reading
“We have 22 kilometres of cross-country ski trails and eight kilometres of snowshoe trails,” spokesperson Linda Service … Continue reading
The facility, located just south of the heart of Southern Ontario’s Blue Mountains and its famous downhill skiing, is perched … Continue reading
Paddling in the shadow of Southern Ontario's Blue Mountains can leave a kayaker caught between a rock and a hard place.
Come August, a host of people on Ontario's Bruce Peninsula will be striving to become one with nature.